When you rely on a CPAP device for a more restful night, you have to take cleaning and sanitizing your equipment seriously. Many people don’t realize that just cleaning or just sanitizing doesn’t eliminate the risks of developing illnesses due to bacteria and germs that buildup on your equipment. Without proper cleaning and sanitizing, you increase the risk of developing illnesses, especially respiratory illnesses.
Here are some of the most common respiratory illnesses you may experience more often by not cleaning and sanitizing your CPAP equipment properly:
Upper or lower respiratory infections – This can include something as simple as the common cold or flu, or can be as serious as laryngitis or tuberculosis. Many of the symptoms of these types of infections look similar, though the severity differs greatly and all should be taken seriously. You may notice shortness of breath, more coughing or wheezing, sore throat, body aches and chills, fever, and headaches.
Pneumonia – Bacterial pneumonia usually starts as a bacterial infection that goes untreated. Pneumonia itself is not that contagious, but the bacteria from the infection that caused it is easily spread. This is why it is important to pay attention to symptoms of any type of infection early; most bacteria that stays in your nose or throat finds its way to your chest eventually if left without antibiotics. Viral pneumonia, however, is extremely contagious. The flu, RSV, and adenovirus are the most common causes for viral pneumonia, and those who have breathing problems or are above the age of 65 are most at risk.
Bronchitis – Many of the symptoms of bronchitis are similar to respiratory infections such as cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and chest tightness. When your air passages in your lungs become inflamed from coughing (especially for someone who smokes), you may develop chronic bronchitis. Dust and allergens play a big part in how bad the symptoms are and how long it lasts, so it is important to keep your home clean.
Flu – The common flu season varies every year and in different parts of the world, but in the United States, it peaks in January and February, but can start as early as October and can last until May. Everyone experiences the flu differently according to which strain they get and how strong their immune system is. The most common symptoms include headache and body aches, fever and chills, nausea or upset stomach, and cold symptoms like a runny nose or cough.
Many of these illnesses can be easily avoided by simply cleaning and sanitizing frequently used items, especially your CPAP equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning your equipment and then use the LiViliti Paptizer to sanitize all of your CPAP equipment. The Paptizer uses UVC LED lights to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, germs, and viruses. There’s no ozone, no harmful chemicals, and no downtime before your equipment can be used again!